BBCNews.com senior editor joins NowPublic.com

Vancouver-based NowPublic.com is making news again, with the appointment of BBCNews.com senior editor Rachel Nixon as its Global News Director to lead its editorial operations.

In an e-mail announcing the new hire, CEO Len Brody said everyone at NowPublic was “super jazzed” with the appointment. (I am also very pleased as Rachel is my fiancee).

Here is the full text of the news release:

NOWPUBLIC.COM NAMES RACHEL NIXON AS GLOBAL NEWS DIRECTOR

BBCNews.com senior editor to lead editorial operations for world’s largest participatory news network

Vancouver, B.C. February 13, 2008 – NowPublic.com, the world’s largest participatory news network, today named BBCNews.com veteran Rachel Nixon as its Global News Director, where she will oversee editorial operations of NowPublic’s correspondents in 3,600 cities across more than 140 countries.

Ms. Nixon is a renowned, award-winning journalist with a special expertise in multi-platform media and emerging journalism practices. An early convert to the power and potential of online news media, Ms. Nixon has spent the past nine years with BBCNews.com, where, most recently, she served as Deputy World Editor, overseeing a staff of 45. Ms. Nixon has garnered many awards and distinctions, including a Webby, a European Online Journalism Award and the BBC World Service Editor of the Year Award in 2007.

“We’re thrilled and honored to have a journalist as accomplished as Rachel join the NowPublic team,” said Leonard Brody, Co-Founder and CEO of NowPublic. “As we chart the course for entirely new means of gathering and distributing news, I can’t imagine a more qualified individual to lead our editorial.”

“The NowPublic team has blazed trails from Day One and clearly mainstream media is now embracing the media model that NowPublic originated,” said Ms. Nixon. “I look forward to helping NowPublic further define the standards for news in an increasingly digital global community where everyone has the power to report.”

Ms. Nixon holds a BA in Modern Languages and Literature from Oxford University (First Class Honors) where she was awarded a scholarship for academic excellence. She is a well regarded speaker at institutions, including the University of Michigan, USC Annenberg, the Online News Association Conference and the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in Vancouver.


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  • February 15, 2008

    robert

    Congrats to both Rachel and NowPublic. great match.

    r

  • February 18, 2008

    johnny morris

    Nice one Rachel! Best wishes to you both on the other side of the Atlantic.

  • June 17, 2008

    CornwallNews

    Let’s hope she leaves her BBC disinformation habits behind!

    Take this for example:

    http://www.cornwall24.co.uk/module-pnForum-viewtopic-topic-3476-start-0.htm

  • August 25, 2008

    Rosemarie Greene

    Dear Newscasters:
    I am a listener to the BBC because I believe you have some interesting stories, such as the one with Sandra Day O’Connor, former Supreme Court Justice. However, I was shocked to listen to your news story about the Olympic Games. This is what you said: The Russians, The United States Team, and some other team, wihtout mentioning one thing about OUR COUNTRY JAMAICA AND OUR FABULOUS ATHLETES WHO SET WORLD RECORDS. BOLT, ETC. COULD THE BRITISH HAVE RETAINED SO MUCH OF THEIR PREJUDICE THAT THEIR TONGUES GOT TIE AND THEY DID NOT EVEN UTTER IT.
    I AM SURE YOU WON’T MISS MY NOT LISTENING TO YOU, BUT YOU CAN FORGET THE BBC. i HAVE NO FURTHER USE FOR YOU.
    R. Greene